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Born on this day- 23rd October: Costello, Jackson, Strauss

Find out which Rugby Union stars were born each day here at RUCK.

Robin Copeland
DOB: 23/10/1978 (Age 37)
Position: Number 8, Flanker, Lock
Current Club: Munster
Previous clubs: Plymouth Albion, Rotherham Titans, Cardiff Blues
Honours: Wolfhounds, Emerging Ireland, Ireland

Copeland, who began his rugby career with Leinster academy, then played for Plymouth Albion and Rotherham Titans in the English second tier between 2010 and 2012 before subsequently joining Cardiff Blues. He went on to make 53 appearances in two year’s for the Blues, scoring eight tries along the way before moving back to Ireland, signing for Munster in 2014. The versatile forward then made his senior debut for Ireland on 16 November 2014, coming off the bench in the 49-7 win against Georgia during the 2014 GUINNESS Series.


Victor Costello
DOB: 23/10/1970 (Age 45)
Position: Number 8, Flanker
Current Club: Retired
Previous clubs: Connacht, Leinster, London Irish
Honours: Wolfhounds, Emerging Ireland, Ireland

Back-row forward Costello made a tremendous impact for Ireland during his time in the national side, making 39 caps between 1996 and 2004 as well as scoring four tries. Costello, who is also a former Olympic shot putter for the Irish, was part of the men in greens squad for the RWC in 2003, making three appearances at the competition. He spent the majority of his club career with Leinster, accumulating over 100 appearances but also had spells with Connacht and London Irish.


Glen Jackson
DOB: 23/10/1975 (Age 40)
Position: Fly-half/Referee
Current Club: Retired
Previous clubs: Saracens, Bay of Plenty, Chiefs
Honours: Maori All Blacks, Barbarians

Former Saracens fan favourite Jackson made 112 appearances for the Premiership side between 2004 and 2010, scoring a hefty 1192 points in the process. The fly-half, who won the Premiership player of the year for the 2006/07 season, had played Super Rugby for the Chiefs prior to his move to England and had also represented the Maori Al Blacks. After Jackson had hung up his boots, he took up refereeing and subsequent to being fast-tracked through the system would be one of the officials at the Rugby World Cup in 2015, which is a stage he never got to play on as a player.


Wayne Julies
DOB: 23/10/1978 (Age 37)
Position: Centre
Current Club: Retired
Previous clubs: Boland, Cavaliers, Bulls, Free State, Golden Lions, SWD Eagles, Aix-en-Provence
Honours: South Africa

Former Springbok centre Julies made his international debut during the Rugby World Cup in 1999 as South Africa cruised past Spain in the pool stage. He was also a part of their squad eight year’s later after Jean de Villiers, who tore a bicep during the pool stages, had to drop out. Therefore, Julies was part of the squad that hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup in 2007 following their narrow win over England in the final. The centre, who was a midfielder renowned for his safe hands, then moved to France in 2009 to play for Pays d’Aix RC. If it weren’t for a lot of injuries, he could’ve played more at the top level.


Josh Strauss
DOB: 23/10/1986 (Age 29)
Position: Flanker/Number8
Current Club: Glasgow Warriors
Previous clubs: Boland, Golden Lions, Lions, Lons-le-Saunier
Honours: Scotland

South African-born Strauss made his Scotland debut during the 2015 Rugby World Cup after he fulfilled the three-year residency requirement. A top-class back-row at club level, Strauss signed for Glasgow Warriors in September 2012 after winning rave reviews as captain of the Lions in Super XV and Golden Lions in the Currie Cup. The flanker, who played a crucial role in Scotland almost reaching the RWC semi-final, has now been fully accepted as an adopted Scot after some colossal performances for Vern Cotter’s side during the RWC.